Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Cleaning the refrigerator--ugh!

I just spent the evening cleaning the refrigerator. I'm talking about taking everything out and crawling inside to scrub off old dried pickle juice and unidentifiable crud. Why, you may ask, would I do such a thing on a balmy summer evening?

I am doing my once-a-year hosting of my women's writing group on Friday. It is also a potluck and some friends will bring salads that will need to go in the fridge. Therefore, my fridge must be far cleaner than usual. I dug out the crisper drawers and cleaned the crumbs and gunk from the nooks and crannies underneath. I washed down the shelves and sides, stretching and grunting with gusto. Then there were all the plastic racks on the inside of the doors with gobs of dried-on ketchup, chocolate syrup and more unidentifiable crud. (Thank goodness I can't smell!)

At least it's self defrosting so I didn't have to defrost the darn thing. Back in the 70's, cleaning the fridge meant I had to take everything out of the fridge and freezer, put pans of boiling water in the freezer to melt the several inches of ice, scrape and sop up melt water til it was clean and dry and then get everything back inside before it spoiled.

So anyway, the unglamorous job is done for another year.


Sparrow chic said...

I remember defrosting the fridge. And, every summer, I still use the hot water method to defrost the deep freeze at work in the same way.
I take for granted all the new technologies we have achieved since my childhood. However, I never take my dishwasher for granted. I respect it and baby it. No dishpan hands for this gal !!

Olde Dame Penniwig said...

Good heavens! I clean as I go. I keep a tub of baby wipes handy and am always hanging the fridge door open for a moment to give something a swipe. I swore I would NEVER let my newer fridge get "icky" as had been my way in the past, because I just get crazy if I have to do that big clean-up like you describe! I doff my hat to yr energy in tackling such a task! Hope yr get-together is FUN!

Argh! You can't smell? BUMMER! Guess it does come in handy, though...

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